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Art department, Center of Excellence to present ‘Show Me the Story'

The department of art and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University will present a weekend event in early February that will center on the power of visual and verbal storytelling.

Called Show Me the Story, the three-day collection of lectures and workshops for visual artists and designers will begin Thursday, Feb. 2 and continue through Saturday, Feb. 4 in the Trahern Building on the APSU campus. All events are free of charge and open to the public.
The department of art and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University will present a weekend event in early February that will center on the power of visual and verbal storytelling.

Called “Show Me the Story,” the three-day collection of lectures and workshops for visual artists and designers will begin Thursday, Feb. 2 and continue through Saturday, Feb. 4 in the Trahern Building on the APSU campus. All events are free of charge and open to the public.

Internationally known speakers and workshop leaders in artists' books, graphic novels, photographic narratives and other convergences of image and text will lead the event. The following schedule contains information about the presenters and the workshops they will lead at the weekend series:

• 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2: Pedro Meyer — a prominent Latin American photographer, pioneer in digital image-making and publisher of ZoneZero online magazine — will lead a photographic narrative workshop.
• 10 a.m. - noon, Friday, Feb. 3: Johanna Drucker and Joan Lyons will lead a presentation and discussion titled “Artists Books and Beyond.” Drucker — a scholar, book artist, and experimental and visual poet — is Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and professor in the department of English. Lyons recently retired as director of the Visual Studies Workshop Press and was a leading publisher of artists' books for the past three decades.
• 2 — 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3: Meyer will work with participants to create photograph-narratives (combining text and photographic images).
• 2 — 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3: Drucker will lead a book arts workshop that focuses on giving form to the unspoken word. The session is limited to 30 people.
• 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3: Eric Drooker, a painter and graphic novelist as well as cover illustrator for The New Yorker and other magazines, will present a workshop on animation and the graphic novel.
• 2 — 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4: Drooker will present an animation workshop that focuses on character development. The session is limited to 30 people.
• 2 — 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4: Lyons will lead a book arts workshop that explores building the narrative structure. The session is limited to 30 people.
• 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4: Lawrence Weschler, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University and former staff writer for The New Yorker, will conclude the three-day event with a presentation titled “Convergence: The Intersection of Image and Text.” Weschler is author of “Vermeer in Bosnia” and the upcoming “Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences.”

For more information about “Show Me the Story,” contact Professor of Art Cynthia Marsh by telephone at (931) 221-7333 or by e-mail at marshc@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer